I just got off the phone with my vet and he told me that my 7 year old Pit bull has cancer. I seen a lump on his the back of his hock in the fall but just thought he got bit by something or a bit of a infectsion. So I cleaned it and gave him some antobiotics. I know what you are thinking that I should have taken him to the vet but this was not the first time he had gotten a absis. So I did what the vet had me do in the past. Then a few weeks ago I saw a lump on his tummy so I took him in. They took samples from both lumps. I have been waiting for two weeks to find out. The vet said the one on his tummy is just a fatty mass. But the one on his leg is cancer and that when they remove the mass they need to take a large area around it. Here's the trouble his skin is so tight in that spot that just taking the mass off it will be hard to sew the skin back together there is no room to take what needs to come off to get rid of it. Does anyone on here know of anything that might help! I am willing to try anything. He is my baby and I don't know how my daughter is going to go to sleep with out him there. He is her blanket. Thanks for any help.
Right now I don't know much. He said that he has to talk to the vet's at the universaty to see what they think. The only test that has been done so far is the one were they poked it with a needle and sent off samples. I have never had to deal with this before so I do not know what they need to be doing. My son said something about them taking his leg to stop it. He is only 13 and I think he maybe right. The problem I would have with that is that he has been acting like he has arthrites and I am afraid that it would be very hard for him to get around. I just don't know what to do. My heart is breaking.
Even if it is a carcinoma, it may not mean the end. Let us know what specifically was found and perhaps we can help with what treatments you can discuss with your Vet.
A needle biopsy is not as accurate as a mass biopsy. I am in no position to second guess your Vet but consider this, If he/she is consulting with others (University Vets) perhaps he/she hasn't seen this enough to advise you about the latest, greatest treatments.
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I think he said the third one on your list. He did say that they will do a mass biopsy when they remove it. But it is looking like they can't take it off with the extra that needs to go to cure it. Because of where it is. I am stuck waiting to find something out.
Ok, first of all, I would have done the same as you. I don't run my dogs to the vet for every little issue, so don't beat yourself up over it.
Second. Lose the leg, the dog won't miss it. The other think(sorry if I missed this). Find out if it is skin or bone cancer. Bone cancer can be extremly hard to stop. Skin, peice of cake if caught early.
Lots of hugs and kisses, and fingers crossed for good luck.
I am pretty sure it is skin not bone. Because of what the vet said when he was looking at it. That's what I think they are going to say to lose the leg. But I am worred that at his age it may be to hard for him to get used to not having a back leg. Thank you all for the support. I am just beside myself woring about it. Thank you for saying it is not my fault for waiting. I just have had so many little things thru the years that I have spent a lot of money and had it be nothing that I could not take care of myself and it looked like the same kind of thing it just did not go away. I have been beating myself up a little because a few weeks ago I tryed to drain it and nothing came out and part of me was thinking cancer but I think I did not want to know. It was the second one showing up that made me pull my head out of the sand and get him in. And the second one is nothing. I wish they could trade places because if it was on his stomach it would be easy to treat.
If it is a mast cell tumor, removing the leg will not make a difference.Mast cell tumors tend to stay localized, depending on grade, and usually have a low recurrence in the same area. In order to determine the grade of the tumor a full biopsy will need to be done. Since it is in a tight area, your vet may need to heal it as an open wound instead of stitching it closed. Which would mean many trips to the vet for dressing and bandage changes. It will take awhile to heal but it may be the only way to do it. Mast cells can also be found in the organs, like the liver and spleen.
Make sure when your vet removes it he gives your dog benadryl prior to the surgery. Mast cell tumors release histamines into the body when aggravated and that is something you want to prevent. Depending on the grade, and whether the margins are clear, will determine his prognosis. Hugs to him and you
Thank you all for the support. I am having a few drinks right now just trying to take my mind of it for a bit. It is not working lol. I guess I just have to wait till monday to find something out. I hope I don't think I can wait much longer than that. I will let you guys know what happens.
I feel for you i know how you must be feeling, about 7 years ago i found a lump on my rhodesian ridgeback it was his front leg he had tests and it was bone cancer the vet took exrays to make sure it hadn't spread and it hadn't and he said the leg had to come off .He was my baby i had a few days to think about it and decided to amputate the leg there was nothing else to do and i didn't want to loose him.He was running on the second day after his operation which stressed me out.He lived for a extra year and a bit and it wasn't the cancer which he died from it was because of the extra weight he had to carry on his back legs and his spine was giving him alot of trouble i had accupunture done on him that worked for a while but he could hardly walk and was in alot of pain and i had to put my baby to sleep.I still thing about him now with a bit of guilt obout amputating his leg your dog isn't as heavy or big as my bot so if he had toloose his leg he would be fine they don't miss it like we would. Good luck hope all goes well.
Fingers crossed, sending happy thoughts your family's way Try not to get too down, easier said than done, I know. They can tell when you are upset and it upsets them. Your little girl also needs you to remain strong and show her that in the end, everything is going to be alright and that it is about the time you spend together now, how lucky we are to have gotten the pleasure of knowing our loved ones and the privilege of sharing our lives with them.
Don't give up hope, get second and third opinions and just continue to spoil him
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"You know, I've given the matter some thought, and I think I'd be willing to be a house pet to a race of super intelligent aliens."
Sorry to hear this. I know how you are feeling we had a lab that had to have several cancerous tumors removed. After he was around 8 we decided to let him just live out whatever life he had left with no more surgeries or medicines. He live as happy of a life as a dog could until he finally had to be put down at the age of 10 due to arthritis and a nasty fall down our steps that made it impossible for him to walk. One of the saddest days of my life the day I put him down. I did have a friend that upon getting cancer news on his dog switched him to a BARF diet that seemed to help extend his life past what his vet told him he would have. He told me the vet gave him 3 months and he lived 3 years so you never know.
I just talked to the vet and they want to go ahead and remove the tumor and send it to have a byopsy done on it. He said there are different grades 1-5 five is the worst. He is going to take as much as he can but it won't be a hole lot because of where it is at. He said the byopsy will let them know if they got it all or not. If not he will need radeasion treatment (sorry about my spelling) I will let you guys know more as I find out.
My nephew called me last week asking me to pray for his "Cooper". He too had a lump that the vet feared to be cancerous. After they removed it and got the biopsy report back, it was a benign tumor caused by a foreign object. I pray the results for your baby will come back so positively.